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Commodore User Magazine

Commodore User, known to the readers as the abbreviated CU, was one of the oldest British Commodore magazines. A publishing history spanning over 15 years, mixing content with technical and games features. Incorporating Vic Computing in 1983 by publishers EMAP, the magazine's focus moved to the emerging Commodore 64, before introducing Amiga coverage in 1986, paving the way for Amiga's dominance and a title change to CU Amiga in 1990. Covering the 16-bit computer, the magazine continued for another eight years until the last issue was published in October 1998 when EMAP opted to close the magazine due to falling sales and a change in focus for EMAP.

Carrying on from where Vic Computing left, Commodore User was launched in September 1983. Initially the magazine contained what was referred to as the serious side of computing, with programming tutorials, machine code features and business software reviews. The first issues were produced and written by a small team, consisting of editor Dennis Jarrett, a writer (future editor Bohdan Buciak) and editorial assistant Nicky Chapman. Features were written by a range of contributors. Rapidly the issue sizes grew from 64 to 96 pages.

Games coverage began to appear during 1984, consisting of a small section called Screen Scene. This became a permanent fixture throughout the magazines life.

By 1985 the Commodore 64 became more popular and the magazine began covering the newer machine more and more, leaving the Vic-20 in the dark. The amount of technical coverage also decreased as the games market took over. Gradually the circulation began to rise and CU produced more colour through the magazine. At the height of the C64's success, CU had a page count of 116.

In 1986 CU began to cover the new 16-bit computer; the Amiga. The magazine was at an all time high, covering all the Commodore platforms, from the C16, all the way up to the Amiga. Circulation figures were also showing an all-time high of over 70,000 for the 1988 period.

To establish that the magazine content was changing to cover the emerging Amiga, the magazine changed its title CU Commodore User Amiga-64, with the emphasis on the CU part. The Commodore User part was quickly dropped and the name remained CU Amiga-64. This period of the magazine was seen as a transitional time between transferring coverage from C64 to the Amiga.

Realising that the C64 market was in an undeniable decline in 1990, CU made the decision to concentrate fully on the Amiga, dropping C64 coverage and relaunched their redesigned magazine as CU Amiga.


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The Computer Magazine Archives

commodore 71
software 65
ihe 55
screen scene 50
commodore user 41
disk 41
screen 39
games 36
game 34
amiga 33
thai 31
graphics 27
program 27
lor 23
data 21
disk drive 20
ttie 18
machine code 16
poke 15
programs 14
user 14
scene screen 12
adventure 11
call tom 11
cbm 11
tom glenister 11
ond 10
scene 10
tor 10
print 9
amiga screen 8
computer 8
prices include 8
programs programs 8
software houses 8
word processing 8
business business 7
order form 7
tlie 7
arcade 6
calc result 6
ihe game 6
mail order 6
adventure adventure 5
news news 5
sellout call 5
spreadsheet offers 5
adventure news 4
angie smart 4
basic 4
call angie 4
dot matrix 4
electronic arts 4
goto 4
light pen 4
ram 4
ram pack 4
revision aid 4
special offer 4
sprite 4
word processor 4
action replay 3
art studio 3
colour monitor 3
disc 3
disc drive 3
double dragon 3
flight simulator 3
freeze frame 3
gel 3
hie 3
iha 3
ihe amiga 3
matrix printer 3
musicalc 3
pack commodore 3
preview preview 3
quick disk 3
ribbon cable 3
save save 3
screen scenel 3
virus free 3
arcade game 2
assembly language 2
bohdan buciak 2
bomb jack 2
books books 2
bubble bus 2
call crack 2
cartridge 2
cassette 2
code masters 2
commands 2
commodore usee 2
computer game 2
councillor davis 2
desk diary 2
digital lab 2
educational software 2
fast load 2
finish step 2
good computer 2
high quality 2
large range 2
load amiga 2
melbourne house 2
micro 2
micronet 2
mike pattenden 2
operation wolf 2
ore 2
personal computer 2
police quest 2
press cbm 2
print shop 2
purchased separately 2
role playing 2
screen monitor 2
screen star 2
software house 2
software pack 2
sound 2
sound effects 2
sound expander 2
space harrier 2
summer games 2
tbe 2
tenstar pack 2
three games 2
trade enquiries 2
type sys 2
unexpanded vic 2
video games 2
worldwide software 2
accounts igeminil 1
action service 1
adman speech 1
adventure games 1
advertising standards 1
allophone speech 1
amiga asm 1
amiga software 1
andy grifo 1
animation 1
arac 1
arcade games 1
arcades 1
autocalc 1
basic program 1
best arcade 1
bionic commando 1
black magic 1
blockbusters gold 1
board games 1
bridge street 1
british code 1
british telecom 1
bruce lee 1
bubble bobble 1
bug byte 1
bui 1
bul 1
business pack 1
buy volume 1
calc 1
call cheat 1
call tracey 1
captain america 1
cassette recorder 1
centronics 1
char set 1
cheat 1
checksum 1
cheques payable 1
christmas price 1
clark kent 1
col 1
col epson 1
colony craft 1
comal 1
comic strip 1
commodore amiga 1
commodore computer 1
commodore useh 1
compact disk 1
competition competition 1
complete bastard 1
complete music 1
compunet 1
computer library 1
computer men 1
computer software 1
computer stores 1
computer system 1
cps 1
cps paper 1
creative sparks 1
credit card 1
cursor 1
dam busters 1
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